There are other extreme measures that women undertook to try to either bring back their periods or alleviate symptoms (see Table). But these experiments of concoctions proved useful when in the 1950's, the root of the wild yam was harvested for its diosgenin, which is a phytoestrogen. A phytoestrogen is a plant with a hormone that is structurally similar to estrogen. In the 1960's, based on this chemical conversion of a phytoestrogen to an estrogen, this is how the first birth control was originally formulated.
Early Treatments of Menopause
Can be treated with black cohosh, (Cimifuga racemosa), a natural precursor to estrogen
Can be treated with wild yam, Dioscoria villosa
Can be treated with testicular juice
Singh et al, 2002
Can be treated with crushed ovaries of animals
Singh et al, 2002
Devil had a covenant with the woman
Old pagan and religious belief
Body Logic, 2012
‘Usual mixture’ before meals: carbonated soda, opium, vaginal injections of lead acetate, morphine hydrochlorate, distilled water, chloric ether
Ovarian extracts used to relieve vasomotor symptoms
Herbals, belladonna, cannabis, or opium
“Ovarlin” flavored powder, dessicated and pulverized cow ovaries
Women were insane, giving ‘insane interpretations’ of their symptoms.
Should postmenopausal women, including those with Surgical Menopause, take hormones? For many practicing physicians, this is no longer a professional 'debate', it is a public debate that began with the Women's Health Initiative in 1992. Today, the issues are clear, as the treatment is individualized. Stay tuned for more.
As 2013 nears, it is important to understand that menopause is still a taboo subject for many women, in many cultures, and throughout the world. Women are embarrassed to talk about it, and some clam up when the doctor starts asking questions. Only after effective rapport is established will some women discuss the subject so that symptoms, time increments, and a proper Medical History can be reported. Women need to speak freely about the matter, so that the medical field can determine the problem, and work towards a solution for each individual woman. What is it all about? Quality of life. It's a Quality of Life issue.